Surfaces, packing and la bicicleta muy fea

I misspell in three languages so forgive the title.
Anyway I’ve been packing up my stuff preparation for renovation for over a month now. Starting with the books I barely touch and now getting down to the cookbooks that I use on a regular basis. I’ve now started putting away and giving away furniture. This is a problem in the everyday, because the furniture, be it a futon couch or a chair provided a surface. Surfaces I use to plop the piles of paper that I get, on. It is amazing how much paper I accumulate. You go to a meeting, people give you paper. You buy something, little slips of paper. Mail. Newspapers. Printouts of reports, articles from work, church programs, instructions, announcements, etc. Where is this paperless society? Also the surfaces held stuff, like coats, scarves, gloves, candles, drinks, pens, etc. Now stuff is piling up on the floor, until I can decide where they go, trash, charity or storage.
There are plenty of things going to charity. I’ve given away a bunch of other things to friends, and things I’m trying to rid myself of via Freecycle. However, there are somethings I don’t think I can dispose of via Freecycle, the ugly bike. The ugly bike gets me around the neighborhood, over to other adjoining neighborhoods, at a nice slow clip. It is covered in rust, the seat looks like crap, the chain guard (which doesn’t do a great job) is a year from coming off, one of the pedals sometimes sticks, the rear rack is broken and held in place with a wire hanger, it’s stuck on one speed, and the rear basket is a bit broken and held in place with a shoelace I found in the street. I like the bike in that its sheer ugliness is its own theft protection. However, I have two other bikes, one meant as the ugly bike’s replacement. So if you know someone (or if you are someone) who doesn’t care about appearances or speed and needs something to get around the hood that has a low chance of getting stolen (provided it’s locked), email me @ mari@ inshaw dayt cam.

2 thoughts on “Surfaces, packing and la bicicleta muy fea”

  1. I bought the bike many years ago from Chain Reaction for less than $50. Years of staying outside has produced an amount of rust on the bike that makes it so that it they would have to put far more labor & parts into it than they could ever get back out.
    I’ve donated bikes to Chain Reaction before, crack dealer bikes left on the sidewalk that just need repairs. Do-able repairs like a new chain, gears, tires, etc. There is just too much rust on the frame of the crappy bike to donate it, but it has at least one more year in it before it is a goner.

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